Metropolis and Hinterland: The City of Rome and the Italian Economy, 200 BC-AD 200by Neville Morley
Pub. Date: 02/28/2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book studies the growth of the city of Rome and the effects of the city's demands for food and migrants on the economy of Italy. It seeks to question the idea that all great cities, especially in the ancient world, were parasites on the societies that supported them. On the contrary, the growth of Rome promoted development in agriculture, marketing systems and urbanisation in Italy. The book reappraises not only the traditional view of Rome as a consumer city but also the history of Italy in the late Republic and early Principate.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: Rome and Italy; 1. The metropolitan city in a pre-industrial economy; 2. The demographic burden; 3. A model of agricultural change; 4. The transformation of the Roman suburbium; 5. Agricultural development in central Italy; 6. Exploiting the margins; 7. Marketing and urbanisation; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
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